September 30, 2013
The history of your favorite sport or hobby is always something that you would not usually expect. The history of sports in general is somewhat eerie to think about. Soccer came from a game where player would kick around the decapitated head of an individual. Baseball came from a game where players would actually hit each other with the ball to score an out. Digital music has its own weird history, but unlike other hobbies, its original form has also been preserved by many enthusiasts and gear lovers of all types. Synthesizers are nothing new, but at the same time they are constantly being reinvented.
Some think of an innovation as a way to free ourselves from having to put in extra work, while others look at innovation as a way to preserve the old while updating old gear. A history on the invention of the synthesizer is far from …
June 8, 2013
I don’t think there are very many musicians that understand the concept of virtuosity. Most of the best will claim that they are on a competent level with their gear, but few of them have reached breakthrough levels of performance that are unheard of. Mozart and Beethoven were considered master composers and musicians because they reached technical levels that were not yet experienced. These days, music is created in one of two ways. There is the market driven and purely commercial style of creating music. A producer hears a song he or she likes and wants to make something just as popular. There is no shame in this method because everybody has to imitate someone in order to learn.
On the completely opposite end of the spectrum there are those who are more like scientists than musicians. They are not exploring music for the purposes of making money off …
December 15, 2012
The concept of relating space to electronic equipment like synthesizers and other experimental gadgetry has been discussed before in previous articles as it pokes its head up again for another. Old modular synthesizers have the unfortunate consequence of sounding like something futuristic, even though that type of sound is no longer created in a futuristic fashion. Still, it’s hard to separate the two as different entities. The picture of some lone astronaut riding into space sits well when juxtaposed with some 1980’s synthesizer grooves. Those who actually own a modular synthesizer can tell you that it isn’t as easy as it looks.
Working with a modular analog synth is like using early computers that only read punch cards while taking up the size of a small bedroom. How a machine translates holes and spaces into notes and tone is still beyond the realm of rational thinking. In this short video …